This past weekend, PJ and I finally got a chance to watch Billy Was a Deaf Kid, the first feature film by Burke and Rhett Lewis. Back in June, Rhett Lewis left a comment on my blog, asking if I’d like to see his movie. I wrote him back and said yes, so he sent me a screener. I’ve been meaning to watch it for the past month but hadn’t gotten a chance until Saturday.

Here’s the trailer:

Rhett Lewis stars in the picture as Archie, a guy in his late twenties who spends a day hanging out with his girlfriend, Sophie, played by Candyce Foster, and his brother, Billy, played by Zachary Christian. Billy is deaf, but Archie insists that he can hear with the aid of a toy radio.

I have to admit that one of the reasons I took a few weeks to watch the movie is that this is the first time I’ve reviewed a film knowing that the artists behind it would likely read the review. It’s easier to pretend that no one reads my blog and certainly that no one who isn’t already one of my friends reads it. Add to that the fact that the writer-director-star suggested I watch it, and I felt very self-conscious about watching and reviewing it.

I was especially worried that I would hate the film. Then what would I do? To date, I’ve mostly tried not to review movies that I really disliked, though a few have snuck onto the blog. After Lewis sent me a copy, I worried that not reviewing it would be the same as writing that I didn’t like it. I didn’t want to disappoint him after he had gone to all of the trouble of sending me a copy.

Fortunately, all of my worries were misplaced: I loved this movie and thought that it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in quite a while. It is charming, subtle, and beautiful to watch. It’s an excellent film.